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April Love Geart Claps Back at Critics of Her Breastfeeding Photo

It seems like just yesterday that April Love Geary first showed off her baby bump. But it was half a year ago, and she and Robin Thicke have welcomed the birth of their baby.

Now, she’s shared a photo of her sweetly nursing baby Mia … only to get blasted for showing the “indecent” image.

But she’s clapping back at her mom-shamers … and she’s pulling out the receipts.

In February, April Love gave birth to Mia Love Thicke, an adorable baby.

Like other babies and also all humans, Mia needs sustenance in order to survive. As is often the case, that comes in the form of breast milk.

So it should be no surprise that April Love breastfeeds her precious baby.

Like a number of celebrities — and even ordinary moms — she is sharing this photo to help normalize breastfeeding, as moms are still shamed for feeding their children.

She shared this photo, taken by her fiance, Robin Thicke.

This is a great photo!

Not only is this picture sweet and entirely non-sexual, but she’s even censored her exposed nipple in order to meet Instagram’s dainty standards.

(As we all know, Instagram has a delicate constitution and simply cannot handle the sight of the forbidden Lady Nipples)

Her caption was short and sweet, as she wrote:

“MOM pic by baby daddy Robin Thicke.”

As you can imagine, though, there was some unfortunate backlash.

A British television personality who starred on Big Brother as a teenager was among April Love’s critics, and posted as much in a series of tweets.

“I’m all for breastfeeding and having a choice how to feed your baby but WHY do people feel the need to post pictures of themselves doing it?!”

To her credit, she went ahead and made it clear that she was talking about April Love.

“Especially the new pic of Robin Thicke’s gf! She’s got hair done, makeup on, both boobs out. So strange. What’s the need??”

Wed’ wager that her hair and makeup are done because she’s, get this, taking a photo.

As for the both boobs out conspiracy, we’re no experts, but it appears to be because she’s not wearing a shirt.

She continues, indicating that she’s not trying to advocate for women hiding themselves when they feed their babies.

“I don’t think it should be done discreetly. I pumped breastmilk publicly ALOT when I had Frankie and Blakely.”

She’s hung up on the photos.

“I just don’t understand the reason behind posting pics. That’s all. Not hating or shaming I just don’t see why.”

People explained to her that the pictures are to help normalzie breastfeeding.

“Breast feeding doesn’t need normalizing. It’s been done (myself included) for YEARS. Why do we need to normalize something that was around before we all were? Lol it’s bizarre that we feel we need to do this”

She’s missing the point — it needs to be normalized because women are still harassed, asked to leave, or even threatened for breastfeeding their babies at some locations.

So celebs share photos to remind everyone that it’s no big deal.

April Love Geary Claps Back

April Love noticed the tweets, of course.

She posted her rebuttal on Instagram — and included some receipts.

“Hey @chanellehayes, maybe the next time you want to criticize me for posting a picture of myself breastfeeding you should really take a look at the pictures you’ve had taken.”

Hayes, of course, has worked as a model in what the British call “Lads” magazines. So, yes, she’s posed topless.

But April Love makes it clear that she’s not trying to shame Hayes. She just wants to point out that her stance doesn’t make sense.

“Not that taking nudes are wrong! The naked body is a beautiful thing! But don’t be a hypocrite mama.”

Honestly? April Love Geary is definitely Robin Thicke’s better half.

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Jade Roper Responds to Breastfeeding Photo Backlash

Fun fact: not all Bachelor in Paradise romances lead to disaster. Every now and then, a couple emerges and they stay together. In fact, Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert got engaged, got married, and then Jade and Tanner welcomed their first child!

Jade Roper recently shared a precious breastfeeding photo and got slammed for it.

Now that the dust has settled, she’s speaking out.

it started with this photo and the accompanying caption:

“Mommy PSA! Nursing Emmy has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life (I adore these after feeding snuggles, too).”

It’s not just a source of nutrition — it can be an incredible period of bonding.

“It’s so incredible how our bodies transform during and post-pregnancy. But all nursing mommies out there know how difficult finding a good, functional nursing bra can be!”

Well, here comes the product placement.

“@thirdlove has created a comfortable, practical and beautiful nursing bra that FITS! You go on their site and take a quick fit finder quiz and they ship the bras straight to your door.”

But at least she offers a promo code.

“Even better they offer a 100% fit guarantee! They have a wide range of styles and sizes for every woman. (I also got a beautiful lace bra). Use my code JADE15 for 15% off your first order! #mythirdlove”

As precious as the picture, snapped right after she was breastfeeding her adorable baby, was … she got some backlash, and took to her Instagram story to address it.

“So, I had some comments about the picture I posted of me and Emerson after I was breastfeeding and people telling me they don’t look like that when they breastfeed and that I was setting up a standard that’s impossible to live up to.”

She did look super nice in that photo.

“The truth about that picture is I had a photo shoot the day before and I hadn’t taken my makeup off, so that’s literally the day before’s makeup.”

She shouldn’t have to explain why she had the gall to look nice in a photo … but that definitely explains it.

“And it was slightly staged — we positioned Emerson just right to make the picture [work], but that was literally right after I had fed her and she had fallen asleep on me and we do have those moments where we snuggle so I don’t get what’s so unreal about it.”

Any photo that isn’t a candid is slightly staged.

She clarifies that her real life is a good deal messier.

“People were telling me I shouldn’t cover up. I was actually getting flack for putting a cover over my baby which I just don’t understand why that would be something people would give me s–t about.”

You can cover up your boob or you can leave it exposed, folks. That’s your right as a human being. One person’s campaign to go topless should not be read as a mandate for another to cover up.

“And my baby is feeding right now and I’m still going to cover up because that’s what I feel the most comfortable with. I feel like I don’t need to share all of that with the world, that’s not the message. It’s just that women should be able to do what they feel like they need to do for their babies.”

Exactly! She can cover up or not. Again, her choice.

“And my baby is feeding right now and I’m still going to cover up because that’s what I feel the most comfortable with. I feel like I don’t need to share all of that with the world, that’s not the message. It’s just that women should be able to do what they feel like they need to do for their babies.”

It turns out that her reply to the backlash was well-received, because she posted again — with this throwback pic.

“You guuuuys, thank you so much for all the support I’ve received about my Instagram stories earlier. It truly, truly means so much to me and I tried to read every kind and empowering message from each of you.”

“I was very emotional earlier. and I think it’s because my nursing relationship with Emmy is one of my most favorite mommy experiences (even though it’s had its ups and downs, because it’s an ever changing experience).”

“Thank you for letting me be myself and express how much I love being a mom and thank you for letting me express myself when I feel like I’m failing as a mom (or failing others) or I feel unsure of myself.”

She finishes that photo’s caption with:

“All the moms out there that support each other, you’re the best. *This is my favorite post-feeding picture of Emmy and me, I can’t believe she used to be this little.'”

It’s a shame that she got backlash for looking her best for a photo. Famous people don’t owe you the nitty gritty messiness of human existence.

It’s also a shame that people give her a hard time for covering up. That is every bit as bad as giving a woman a hard time for not covering up. What’s liberating for one woman can be horrifying for another.

If she had to get criticized for something, you’d think that it would have been for posting what looked like a sponsored post without following FTC guidelines on the #ad hashtag.

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Audrey Roloff Shares Tale of Breastfeeding Struggles, Mastitis

Audrey Roloff famously struggled with nursing, off an on, following the birth of precious baby Ember Jean last year.

Maybe she just wants to help others or maybe she worries that she went too far by shading Jacob’s fiancee, but now Auj is opening up about her struggle in detail.

Not enough people open up about breastfeeding struggles. Some are ashamed. Some can’t handle talking about their boobs. Audrey’s powering past that to give hope to others.

Pregnancy is hard. Being a parent is hard.

And you know what else can be a challenge — and an often unexpected one for new parents? Breastfeeding.

Nursing a baby is not as plug-and-play as you might think. There can be complications, including mastitis.

Mastitis, as the name clearly states, is inflammation of the breast. It manifests with reddening or swelling or both, and can be quite painful.

It’s the result of infection, which can happen via cracked or sore nipples, but can also happen if the breaks between breastfeeding take too long.

Mastitis normally develops, in cases in which it develops, between a few weeks after birth to several months in.

Symptoms, which are pretty standard with an infection, can include fever, chills, and body aches.

Posting an image (below) to her Instagram story, Audrey wrote:

“Just a little encouragement for anyone struggling on their breastfeeding journey.”

That’s more common than people think. Again, shame about “failing” as a mother and embarrassment about discussing their own nipples keeps some women from sharing this.

“I was only able to pump MAYBE one ounce the first two months after having Ember.”

As you may imagine, babies need a lot more than that.

Audrey Roloff Milk Pump Post

Audrey’s tale of breastfeeding woes continues:

“I fed 15 hours of my day and it hurt and was so hard.”

That sounds agonizing. It takes a toll on your nipples, folks. And newborns need to eat.

But, Audrey reveals, things have gotten so much better.

“But here we are at five months pumping eight ounces like it’s nothin.”

Wonderful news!

Separately, Auj elaborated, saying:

“It took me a solid two months, maybe two and a half months before I really started to see an increase in my supply and breastfeeding became a lot easier.”

So good that she was able to make progress like that.

“Since delivering Ember, I struggled with mastitis on and off.”

That must have been daunting — to think herself cured only to have symptoms return.

“I was severely engorged.”

That sounds agonizing.

“On top of that, Ember had a really severe tongue tie that we had to get surgically fixed about two or three weeks after she was born.”

A tongue tie is a condition that restricts a tongue’s range of motion. 

“Before that, I was having a lot of blistering and bruising.”

At least it’s all been worth it, because Ember Jean is a delightful little cutie and fans relish every photo of her.

One might wonder if Audrey Roloff saying that God wants people to “wait” was influenced by her struggles as a new parent.

Honestly, though, it’s probably just a reflection of her conservative religious beliefs. And possibly yet another jab in the direction of Jacob Roloff’s engagement.

Still, it’s wonderful that Auj is giving out this advice and sharing her story, so that other mothers can overcome some of the stigma and unwarranted shame that too many experience when breastfeeding isn’t as easy as advertised.

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Audrey Roloff Chronicles Emotional Breastfeeding Journey

When it comes to motherhood, Audrey Roloff is doing her best to keep it real.

Yes, the Little People, Big World star is beyond grateful and happy to have given birth to her first child on September 10.

But, no, the experience so far has not been easy.

Roloff has been an open book when it comes to this unfortunate fact, admitting weeks ago that she was even suffering from bouts of postpartum depression.

This was largely linked to a diagnosis of mastitis, which is a condition that makes breastfeeding painful.

Like, VERY painful.

Like, so painful that Audrey compared it to natural childbirth.

How is she doing these days when it comes to providing sustenance for her daughter?

Audrey just updated fans with an emotional Instagram post.

“I always thought breastfeeding was a choice,” it begins.

“People would often ask me if l was going to breastfeed when I was pregnant and l always answered with a determined yes.

“But after Ember was born, l realized that for some people, it’s not a choice.”

For some people, the reality star realized, it’s too painful to continue doing.

“My breastfeeding journey has not been easy,” she added.

“After sharing with you all a little bit about the struggles l have had feeding Ember, l realized that so many of you have gone through, or are currently going through, similar pains, heart aches, and challenges.”

Audrey drew strength from her faith and from a supportive husband during her lowest times.

She went into detail about those times in this post:

About 24 hours after Ember was born, l became severely engorged. The nurses at the hospital admitted to it being the worse case they’d ever seen.

l couldn’t put my arms at my sides or hold Ember – except to feed, and feeding was so painful because l was also badly blistered/bruised (we later found out Ember had a significant lip and tounge tie).

Not to mention, what they had to do to “get me flowing” was excruciating. l thought the pain was supposed to be over once they laid her on my chest?

But people just don’t talk enough about the after labor pains…

It’s true.

People often assume that once a baby is born, the rest is a piece of cake.

Physically, at least.

“Three days after coming home from the hospital, l came down with mastitis,” Audrey explains.

“The antibiotics for my infection, stress, Ember’s lip and tounge tie, sleep deprivation, and some misguided medical advice caused my milk supply to completely tank.

“l was devastated and even told by a pediatrician and lactation consultant that l would probably not ever be able to exclusively breastfeed Ember.

“She was having trouble gaining weight and they were concerned. They also thought l had insiffienct granular tissue.”

Over the past few weeks, though, as evidenced by an influx of Ember Jean photos, it’s clear that things have taken a positive turn.

Mom, Dad and Daughter have figured things out and are doing a lot better.

Ending her Instagram note on a positive message, Audrey wrote of the first photo shared above:

“Here we are two months later and Ember has been exclusively breastfeed for the past 5 weeks!!! So much hard work and prayers have come to fruition.”

This is great news!

We’re so happy to hear it!

Concludes the star:

“Two days ago l came down with mastitis again… but l was reminded that even though this journey still poses its challenges, being able to feed my daughter from my own body brings me incomparable joy.

“l will defintely be sharing more about this journey on my blog eventually.

“But l just wanted to share this here and now in case there are other new mamas out there that could be encouraged and filled with hope by my testimony.”

We very much appreciate Audrey sharing her story with us.

We continue to wish her luck and we continue to appreciate all the pictures she posts.

Ember is adorable!

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Nicole Curtis: Rehab Addict Host Mom-Shamed for Breastfeeding Her Toddler!

Usually, you don’t want the words “rehab” or “addict” anywhere near a story about parenting, but things are a little different when you’re talking about Nicole Curtis, star of Rehab Addict.

But Nicole has stirred up controversy over breastfeeding.

Unlike many such stories, it’s not over feeding her baby in public (gasp!) … but over the fact that, well, her kid’s not really a baby anymore.

Rehab Addict is a long-running reality series about fixing up and restoring old homes, particularly when it comes to classic architecture.

Essentially, saving houses whenever possible. It’s a neat concept.

Right now, that show’s star, Nicole Curtis, is being mom-shamed.

Now, mom-shamers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Like that daddy blogger who leashed his kid, which we don’t understand but which some people blew way out of proportion.

Or like when fans flipped out and accused Chelsea Houska of “poisoning” her baby when, in reality, she had him get his vaccinations, as responsible parents do.

But breastfeeding seems to really get people’s garters in a twist.

(Probably because of our society’s bizarre love-hate fixation with women and with women’s breasts — which we call “bizarre” because … they’re just breasts. What’s not to love?)

Moms using their breasts to feed their babies seems to freak people out when it’s in public. It’s ludicrous, but it happens.

But sometimes, people do weird stuff.

Like using breastmilk to make brownies for a bake sale, weirding approximately everyone the eff out.

Or breastfeeding their baby while having sex, which is a kind of multitasking that makes people really, really uncomfortable.

Nicole Curtis’ alleged breastfeeding weirdness is a little different, however.

Her issue isn’t that she’s feeding her child in an art gallery (gasp!) or on a bench in a public park (no!), but that … he’s 30 months old.

For those of you who don’t enjoy math, that’s two-and-a-half years. 

Speaking to People, Nicole Curtis defends breastfeeding him despite his age.

“I keep saying, it’s not like he’s 7 or 8 — he’s still a baby.”

As critics are quick to point out … he’s literally not, though. Harper (for that’s his name) is a toddler.

Nicole advocates letting children decide on their own when to stop breastfeeding.

“It doesn’t force children to eat — it allows them to discover it and gradually wean at their pace.”

That is a great idea … up to a point. The question is, of course, where that line is and whether or not Nicole and Harper have crossed it.

Apparently, plenty of critics have decided that they have.

“Every single day I have to weather criticism about how my child is too old to breastfeed.”

Nicole wants Harper to make this choice for himself.

“But when he weans, it’s going to be his decision. I truly believe it’s the child’s choice.”

Plenty of children are allowed to decide when to be weaned. Plenty of them quit the breast earlier rather than later, as babies and toddlers like exploring and learning and experiencing the world.

Self-weaning might see a baby leaving boobs behind before they’re a year old. But Harper is clearly on the other extreme end of the spectrum.

Nicole didn’t bring this up with the world because she wants them all to know what an extra special snowflake she is, or whatever people imagine motivates minor celebrities from talking about their lives.

It’s actually a legal issue for her. A custody issue for her.

A judge has literally ruled about this. (There have been a couple of rulings, actually)

Speaking of her young son, Nicole laments a sudden change in his dietary routine:

“He had never had a bottle before, and then all of a sudden that was his only option while he was with his dad.”

That’s a rough transition for a kid to make.

“I had no idea that a judge could say, ‘You’re court-ordered to not feed your exclusively breastfed child.'”

She also had trouble producing enough milk through a pump. Until then, she’d never needed to.

“It’s important that children have both of their parents. But [preventing] me from breastfeeding my child just so he can see the dad is not right.”

Nicole says that she’s sharing this story because it’s important for people to know that it can happen. And because she wants to effect change.

“I’ve always been a fighter. If something’s not right, I’m the first person to stand up.”

She hates that her divorce is impacting Harper in this way.

“And I don’t believe that my child should have to wean because of our situation.”

A judge later ruled, giving her once-a-day visits with Harper during Harper’s time with his father. (They exchange him on alternating weeks)

Honestly, in Western countries, it’s normal to wean between ages 1 and 2, right? Sometimes a little earlier, sometimes a little later.

Worldwide, though, it’s not uncommon to see children who don’t wean until between ages 2 and 6.

That may sound bizarre — most children in the West don’t grow up with conscious memories of breastfeeding. The idea of breastfeeding when you’re old enough to read is, to many, shocking.

But Harper isn’t there yet. We’d say that, right now, he’s right on the threshold.

If he’s still breastfeeding when it’s time for preschool, then yeah, it might be time for Nicole to make that choice for him, before it hinders his social development.

Right now, though? All of that mom-shaming seems wasted when there are plenty of bad moms out there.

Also, we should note that Nicole seems to almost welcome the criticism. She told a recent critic that she’s also against infant circumcision (a view shared by many human rights advocates) in case people are looking for other things to hold against her.

Like she said, she’s a real fighter.

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